A Time to Stand

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Overview

On the morning of March 6, 1836, in an old abandoned mission called the Alamo, a small Texas garrison fought to the death rather than yield to an overwhelming army of Mexicans. Through the years the garrison’s heroic stand has become so clothed in folklore and romance that the truth has nearly been lost. In A Time to Stand Walter Lord rediscovers and recreates the whole fascinating story. From contemporary documents, diaries, and letters, he has mined a wealth of fresh information that throws intriguing sidelights on the epic of the Alamo. What were the defenders like? Why did they take their stand? Did any escape? Did Davy Crockett surrender?

The cast of characters includes not only famous figures like Jim Bowie but unknown, unsung men: John Purdy Reynolds, the wandering Pennsylvania surgeon; George Kimball, the industrious New York hatter, Micajah Autry of Tennessee, who was a far better poet than a businessman. And then there are the Mexicans: the fabulous Santa Anna; the smooth Colonel Almonte; the forlorn private Juan Basquez, who only wanted to stay home and make shoes.

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Editorial Reviews

New York Times Book Review
"A stirring history of the Alamo’s desperate times, a history of which should last."—New York Times Book Review
Texas Live

"This book is recommended for all Texans and for all those who still believe that some things are worth dying for."—Raye Green, Texas Live

— Raye Green

Texas Live - Raye Green
"This book is recommended for all Texans and for all those who still believe that some things are worth dying for."—Raye Green, Texas Live
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803279025
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/1978
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 271
  • Sales rank: 411,882
  • Product dimensions: 5.34 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

Walter Lord is the author of such bestsellers as A Night to Remember, Day of Infamy, and The Good Years: From Nineteen Hundred to the First World War.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2005

    I tried to buy it from my school librarian.

    The absolute BEST book about the Alamo ever writen. The author is one of my favorites. I am 11 and tried to buy it from my school librarian. Yes, it is that good. The BEST book about the Alamo ever. I'd love to give it 30 stars.(Means 'all mine. No one elses'.)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2002

    'The' Alamo book

    If you only read one book about the Alamo, this should be the one. Well written, and well researched it has stood the test of time. It is 'the' book about the famous battle.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2000

    'Remember The Alamo!'

    The author, Walter Lord, takes the novice or the pro through the portal of time, to witness those 'infamous' scenes at the small Texas outpost on March 6th, 1836; one of the most famous battles in American history. This is an historical classic... that should be on the reading list for every Amercican! Written to inform and inspire... 'A Time To Stand' will make you want to pick up a rifle... and man the wall! Enjoy!

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